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Serving Sara (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: August 25, 2002
CAP Score: 35
CAP Influence Density: 1.94

MinMax: -100

Serving Sara (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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SERVING SARA (PG-13) -- It was figuratively painful to force myself to sit through it.

Production: Mandalay Pictures
Distribution: Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Reginald Hudlin
Producer(s): Dan Halsted, Dan Kolsrud, David Scheer
Written by/Screenplay: Jay Scherick, David Ronn
Cinematography/Camera: Robert Brinkmann
Music: Marcus Miller
Film Editing: Jim Miller
Casting: Heidi Levitt, Monika Mikkelsen
Production Design: Rusty Smith
Art Direction: J. Grey Smith

What I have to say about this "comedy" film probably takes up less space than the credits and the boxart image. As entertainment, *Serving Sara* is not. I am not a movie critic but this movie is a "gimme a break." Hollow characters, shallow plot, absent character building. Vulgar as well as very crude [attempted] humor and foul language. The stereotype middle school locker room intellect. It was figuratively painful to force myself to sit through it.

Joe Tyler (Matthew Perry) is a discontented defense lawyer working as a process server serving legal papers, hating his job but hating it less than court games. Joe's first process serving was to a mobster owner of a bar. Once that was completed Joe was dispatched by his boss, Ray Harris (Cedric the Entertainer) to serve papers on Sara Moore (Elizabeth Hurley) for divorce by her millionaire husband Gordon (Bruce Campbell). Now you know just about all there is to know about the plot. This is a poor excuse for entertainment, not only because of the amount of ignominy in it but because of the amount of ignorance to it.

Fifty-four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11]. Eleven uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and eight without [Deut. 5:11]. Sexual immorality up to and including nudity through steamed up shower doors plus innuendo and crude humor. Inappropriate touch. Vulgar gestures. Exhibitionism. Scant dress. [Gal. 5:19] Adultery [Ezek. 16:58]. Vulgarity with a bull and a cow sex toy [Eph. 5:4]. I really do not want to spend any more time on the Summary/Commentary of this film. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section tell you what you likely came to find out. And it is definitely a "R-13" .


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  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Deut. 5:11 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Ezek. 16:58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness [zimmah {zim-maw'} or zammah {zam-maw'}: not chaste, incest, licentiousness, adultery, idolatry, harlotry] and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Serving Sara (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • gambling
  • threats of violence/harm/death
  • theft
  • vandalism to hide unauthorized entry
  • beatings
  • name calling
  • torture
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • vehicular assault

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 54 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, once by a child
  • rudeness
  • lies about identity and other matters
  • flatulence, repeatedly
  • gross, crude expression regarding the sexual activities of a bull and cow
  • vulgar gestures/references, repeatedly

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • anatomical references, some exceptionally vulgar, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • adultery
  • crotch kicks
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • vulgar positioning
  • adult in underwear
  • cohabitation, repeatedly
  • exhibitionism
  • brief rear nudity
  • sexual innuendo, talk, comments, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • suggestive eye movement
  • display of sexual attraction due to scant dress, repeatedly
  • request for sexual perversion
  • request for sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, multiple
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 11 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 8 without
  • "Well, well. There is a God (spoken to getting gratification for wrong-doing). No, it was two Italians."
  • claim to need a psychic

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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